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Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce erotic art for the enjoyment of other lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
Although American gay film icon Brad Davis has been described as "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS," he was widely known as bisexual within the entertainment community.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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Scott Gill (left) and John Barrowman.
Congratulations to television and musical theater star John Barrowman and his architect husband Scott Gill, who married in California on July 2, 2013. The couple, who have been together for 20 years, entered into a civil partnership in the United Kingdom in 2006, but decided to marry following the Supreme Court's rulings that permitted the resumption of same-sex marriages in California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Barrowman announced the news in two brief video clips posted on his WhoSay account.
Barrowman is a native Scotsman who was reared in the United States and first found fame in London's West End. An accomplished actor and singer, he has won plaudits as a musical theater star and concert performer as well as for his roles in film and television, especially Doctor Who and Torchwood. As a singer, he is especially known for his extremely skillful interpretations of the works of Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Stephen Sondheim.
As Linda Rapp points out in her glbtq.com entry on him, Barrowman is unusual among actors for having been completely honest about his sexuality from the very beginning of his show business career. As he told Gay Times interviewer Rupert Smith in 2004, "There's a received idea that being openly gay in the TV industry will limit your ability to get work, but I decided early on that I wouldn't hide anything. If you lie about yourself, then people are going to work very hard to expose that lie. If you're honest, it's not an issue and you can just get on with your life. . . . As far as the public goes, they see me playing different characters, some straight, some gay. They can make their own assumptions."
Ironically, Barrowman lost one coveted television role because he was perceived as "too straight." He was turned down for the role of Will in the NBC sitcom Will and Grace. Heterosexual actor Eric McCormack was cast in the role.
The couple's ideas about marriage have evolved since they entered into a civil partnership. Then Barrowman disliked the use of the word marriage for gay unions because, he said, "It's something that has the connotation of religion, and religion is something that hates or dislikes gay people. . . . Why would I want to have a word like that connected with me and Scott?"
The BBC Wales clip below from 2006 reports on the couple's civil partnership.
The fan video below presents numerous images of Barrowman and Gill set to Barrowman's rendition of "Time after Time."